savannah: i do

by Grace Bonney

last night i returned after a wonderful weekend spent in sunny (and humid!) savannah. after weeks of emails and calls we finally have a location set for our ceremony and reception! hooray! i can’t tell you how stressful that was. any of you who’ve planned a wedding before will definitely understand how i feel. as someone who is admittedly a bit of a control freak (i can hear ac saying “a bit?”) it’s been really tough to put a lot of my trust in people and places that are hundreds of miles away. but thankfully everyone there has been really friendly and helpful. i’m trying to work with as many local artists as possible to do the decorations so hopefully it will be a big celebration of all things savannah. here’s a little peek into some scenes from my trip, including a little peek into where i will officially become mrs. ac.

[i loved this modern gold house number on this incredibly ornate old home (see full photo above). it was such a cool contrast to all of the intense iron work on the facade]

[gold numbered bottles at liz demos’ fabulous shop, ]

[the scene above our heads as we say “i do”]

[silly, i know, but i loved the iron letters on the carriage house bathrooms where our reception will be]

[scroll work on the porch at our reception site]

[our wedding tree: i can’t wait to decorate the tree and hang a beautiful floral wreath or ribbons from it]

[our secret garden: this door leads to the garden where our reception will be held]

[detail of the iron work on the gate]

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  • Oh m’goodness! A Savannah weddin’? Why it’s just too perfect, Grace darlin’! (Okay…lame attempt at an internet Southern accent…couldn’t help myself.) Cannot imagine a nicer setting for your wedding. The “wedding tree” is spectacular looking! It’s going to be a stellar event…I am certain of that.

    (Design note: LOVE that green ceiling!)

  • I was so pleased to see your recent post about Savannah! I’ve been living in Savannah for over six years now and the images you showcased are a perfect representation of this charming city. I am also a fellow bride to be and will be tying the knot in Sav come November. If you are ever in need of someone to seek out a venue or vendor, please let me know…I’d be happy to help! ( Liz D. is a close friend…I’m so happy you highlighted @ home!)

  • It is absolutely stunning! Too bad your blog is so hugely popular the world over or we could see your dress! :(

  • Gorgeous wedding location, especially the spanish moss growing on the oak trees. As a New Orleanian, this is one of my favorite scenes. Fabulous choice.

  • oooh, so pretty!!! i just got married, and looking back this stage of planning is one of the most exciting times! congratulations. :)

  • oh that looks like it will be so romantic! good luck with the rest of the planning, i have no doubt it will turn out amazing!

  • oh it will be so gorgeous! i love the spanish moss – i got married in Charleston last year underneath a massive live oak w/ spanish moss. it was so romantic and ethereal. i miss it so – we moved from Charleston soon after the wedding. your wedding will be beautiful, please keep sharing!

  • Beautiful! I got married in Savannah also. (and I lived there for 4 yrs. while I went to SCAD) actually the building peeking over the top of the other building in your tree photo is where I lived the first year! If you want any restaurant or other shopping recommendations just let me know. There are some really great things you just shouldn’t miss down there. Congrats!

  • wow so beautiful! I can totally relate to planning a wedding so far away — we just got back from our wedding overseas and I can tell you that it stressful but wonderful! I’m sure you’re wedding will be absolutely beautiful Grace!

  • thanks guys! i am so, so, SO excited about the wedding. it all felt very real this weekend- which was great. i can’t wait to stand under that great big (old!) tree and marry ac.

    grace :)

  • Many, many congratulations! It looks perfectly ornate and beautiful. I can’t wait to see all of the fine touches by local artisans. btw, every time you blog about Savannah, I look at airfares for a visit of my own! best! *a

  • My sister who just moved to Brooklyn!! — also just got engaged. I CANNOT wait to help with the planning – seeing all of your wedding ideas and passion for design incorporated within that is so much fun! A secret garden for the reception? Ribbons and lights hanging from old trees with Spanish moss?? Love every ounce of it!

  • Yay! I know exactly which wedding tree you’re talking about (I pass it all the time…SCAD student here). The location is fantastical! I know that you’re wedding is going to be beautiful. Congrats chica ;o)

  • Congratulations! I’m from Savannah and went to SCAD. So happy you found the perfect place! I miss Savannah (in Chicago now) but not the humidity! I’ve been gone for 8 years but if you have questions, I or others can help! Best wishes!!!

  • How absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful time in your life – you are indeed a lucky girl. I can’t wait to see the pictures of the actual day.

  • oh, this looks amazing! you’re not crazy that “M” on the washroom door is beautiful and the venue looks amazing!
    yay for you guys!

  • Be careful w/ the vintage general pic. When I asked permission to take pictures for my blog in there a few months ago, I was told that the owner had an exclusive deal as a stylist for some magazine (one I don’t really like but I can’t remember, like Better Homes and Gardens or something like that) and that pictures were forbidden. It made no sense to me, why pass up free positive publicity, but just thought I’d pass the info along to you. She is an AMAZING merchandiser – I love that shop.

    No need to publish this comment, just wanted to give you a heads up!


  • becky

    that’s so odd! liz has always been incredibly friendly and open with me. maybe you just caught her at an odd time? and i totally agree- she’s an incredible merchandiser.


  • as soon as i saw the first photo, i knew which building that was. that is, by far, my favorite building in savannah. and i live here, so i see a lot of ’em.

    sounds like you’re going to have a beautiful and memorable wedding!

  • I am sure Savannah will be a great place to get married, all that beautiful Spanish moss. I visited once about 5 years ago and it was memorable as a spot where I fell off my bike and was rescued by 2 policemen!

    I am sure it’ll be the perfect place for a wedding – just watch out for those tram tracks!

  • Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! What a beautiful place. The planning IS stressful, even if you live in the same city where you’re getting married. Just remember all the people you’ve hired are pros–they do this all the time. Hopefully that will make it a little easier for you.


    Hey Grace! First of all, it was NOT Liz herself whom I asked, it was a VERY cool and friendly staffer who was really nice about it and sent us to the amazing bakery at the other end of town that I always forget the name of but still dream about. Second, Liz just emailed me to explain (wow, that was impressively fast!) and said that she would not have turned down photography for a design blog. Now I feel really badly about saying I don’t like BH&G. I guess I find it geared more toward more traditional mom types and not single funky gals like myself.

    Anyhoo, I just wanted to warn you because the explanation I did receive at the time had to do with the exclusive rights a magazine had to Liz’s mad styling skillz, and I didn’t want you to get in trouble. Turns out it’s all moot at this point! Snap away at Vintage General!


  • I know exactly what you mean by stressful, being in the midst of planning a long-distance wedding myself from here in San Francisco for back home in Dallas. Finding, choosing and booking locations has truly been the most difficult part!

  • Your location is sooo pretty. I can totally understand the relief in booking a location and date for the wedding. I felt a million times better once I had that checked off of my list.

  • like Em, i also lived in that building my first year @ SCAD. and i could tell you some crazy stories about that square! my favorite being the filming of a movie with me swimming in the fountain surrounded by about a hundred rubber duckies. god, i miss college . . .

    hopefully, you will have just as much fun on your wedding day as we did on that day ;)

  • Savannah is such a beautiful place, I know I lived there for seven years before leaving for Chicago. If you’re still down there I would suggest trying a awesome lunch counter called Zunzi’s (). I can’t even describe the food because it is amazing, I used to eat there all the time, and every one was so friendly. Try the African Sweet tea. Congrats on finding a venue for the big day.

  • Congratulations! I’m getting married in Savannah in 24 days (yikes!) and have been planning afar as well in Dallas. Dum dum da dum….

  • Beautiful – the place and the details. Thanks so much for sharing with us, Grace. It can be difficult to share wedding details in advance, and I truly appreciate your willingness to do so.

  • My best friend is planning a wedding in Savannah right now, though she lives in New Orleans– thus empathizing, I’m sure, with your planning from afar feelings. I can’t wait to point her to Design*Droits-Humains for Savannah wedding inspiration!

  • EXCELLENT CHOICE for your wedding! I am a SCAD graduate and know the area well. I miss it! Congratulations!!

  • Hi! Congratulations! I just got married in Savannah on 5/24 at the Mansion on Forsyth Park… it was absolutely amazing. I planned the wedding from NYC, so I know what you mean about planning and not being in the same city. I’d love to be of assistance in any way if you need advice/input on anything – feel free to email me and I can send you our slideshow, etc. You’re going to have the most magical wedding! (PS the first photo of this post, the Noble Hardee Mansion – we got engaged right in front of it)

  • Hi,

    Where did you have your reception in Savannah, I love the door to the secret garden. We’re thinking of having a wedding in Savannah too.

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